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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

ATR-1 Class Rescue Tug (Wood Hull):
  • Laid down, 26 January 1944, at Lynch Shipbuilding, San Diego, CA.
  • Launched, 2 September 1944
  • Commissioned USS ATR-40, 39 April 1945, LTjg. P.A. Tyndall in command
  • During World War II USS ATR-40 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • USS ATR-40 was assigned to Joint Task Force 1, Task Unit 1.2.7 Target Vessel Group - Salvage Units for Operation Crossroads the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in July 1946
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, disposed of in 1946, fate unknown
    Displacement 852 t.(lt) 1,315 t.(fl)
    Length 165' 6"
    Beam 33' 4"
    Draft 15' 10" (lim)
    Speed 12.2kts.
    Largest Boom Capacity 4t.
    Fuel Capacity 1,400 Bbls NSFO
    one single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
    two single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Officers 5
    Enlisted 47
    Ships' Service Generators
    two turbo-drive 60KW 120 volts D.C.
    one Prescott Co. vertical triple-expansion reciprocating steam engine
    two Foster Wheeler "D"-type boilers 200psi °sat
    single propeller, 1,600shp
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    ATR-40 121k USS ATR-40 at Bikini Atoll during "Operation Crossroads," washing down the battleship USS New York (BB-34), one of the target ships, after the atomic bomb test. The wash down was done using water from the contaminated lagoon.
    US Navy photo.
    US Naval Institute

    There is no DANFS history available for USS ATR-40 at the NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
    ATR-1-class Rescue Tug Illustration by Vern Bouwman
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